DEC Region 5 Fish Hatcheries
DEC runs 12 fish hatcheries, or fish culture stations, across the state. Each hatchery specializes in raising one or more species of fish. These hatcheries produce fish for stocking into more than 1,200 public waters state-wide. The specialized equipment and modern facilities available at each hatchery allows DEC to produce large numbers of healthy fish. DEC Region 5 is home to two fish hatcheries - Adirondack and Chateaugay.
103 Fish Hatchery Road
Saranac Lake, NY 12983
- Directions: Off NYS Route 30, one mile south of Lake Clear
- Visitor Center Hours: 9am-4pm, April 1 - November 30
- Major Species: Landlocked salmon
- Spawning Season: Nov 1- Nov 15
The Adirondack Fish Hatchery is located about 12 miles from the Village of Saranac Lake in Franklin County. This facility specializes in rearing landlocked Atlantic salmon for statewide distribution. Annual production averages 30,000 pounds of salmon, with most fish stocked in the spring as yearling smolts (six inches long) or as non-feeding fry. The indoor visitor center contains a pool containing salmon, a monitor showing brood fish in a pond, and other exhibits on fish propagation.
RR1 Box 755
Chateaugay, NY 12920
- Directions: Off Rte 11 .75 mile east of Chateaugay
- Visiting Hours: 8 am-3 pm every day year round
- Major Species: Brook, brown, rainbow, and lake trout
- Spawning Season: None
The Chateaugay Hatchery is located near the Village of Chateaugay in northern Franklin County. This facility has a very diverse rearing program which includes Raquette Lake strain lake trout, brown trout, rainbow trout and brook trout, including the Temiscamiex domestic hybrid used extensively in Adirondack Mountain lakes and ponds. Annual production is approximately 90,000 pounds.